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The Cross-Cultural Center offers a variety of learning opportunities to support Chapman students' understanding of their own and others' identities and experiences, empathy for others, and capacity for allyship.  Cross-Cultural Center programs, resources, and services are designed to cultivate students’:

  • knowledge of one’s own identity, culture and biases,
  • empathy for individuals different from themselves,
  • connection to the Chapman community,
  • understanding of the positive influence of a diverse campus on student learning and growth, and 
  • capacity for allyship.

All Gender Restroom Day is an educational event that aims to challenge the campus community to think beyond the binary, gendered structure of most restrooms.  All Gender Restroom Day transforms multiple, gendered restrooms on campus into ones which any person, regardless of gender identity and/or expression, will be able to use for that day.  

Breaking Ground workshops provide students with opportunities to learn more about the social construct of race, components of social class, relevance and value of using inclusive language, the LGBTQIA experience, supporting undocumented students, and developing skills to engage in difficult conversations as an ally.  All workshops emphasize furthering a sense of allyship among the student community.

Cultural Graduations are hosted annually to celebrate the dedication and resilience of students from communities traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education who persist through graduation at Chapman University.  Ceremonies provide a time to acknowledge the strengths developed, obstacles overcome, and community of support that developed during the students’ time at Chapman University.  Cultural graduations traditionally celebrated at Chapman include APIDA Graduation, Black Graduation, Disability Graduation, Latinx Graduation, and Lavender Graduation.

Heritage Month Programming ensures the continued affirmation and celebration of the varying communities of identity that are represented at Chapman.  Each month involves a celebratory kick-off, awareness campaign, and cultural exhibit coordinated by the Cross-Cultural Center as well as additional events co-sponsored with and/or coordinated by other campus departments and student organizations.  Heritage months traditionally celebrated at Chapman include, but are not limited to, Latinx Heritage Month, Pride Month, Disability Awareness Month, Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, Black History Month, Womxn’s Herstory Month, and Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Heritage Month.  The Cross-Cultural Center facilitates communication across campus to ensure a collective and collaborative investment in the affirming and educational value of these programs.

The I AM CHAPMAN Pre-Orientation Experience is a two-day pre-orientation experience for incoming first-year students to share their identities and experiences with others while understanding the importance of being aware of stereotypes and biases.

Intergroup Dialogue facilitates students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations through ongoing dialogue with different identity groups.  Plans for intergroup dialogue are being developed to launch this program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Noor is a leadership development program for Muslim college students.  Noor seeks to cultivate community and a strong leadership identity among Chapman students who identify as Muslim.

PerSIStence is designed for first-year students at Chapman University who identify as womxn.  With an emphasis on self-authorship, this program seeks to build community and persistence for new students transitioning into college life.

Salam! – is a Middle Eastern affinity group involving discussions around hybridity, representation, and empowerment.  Through community led discussions, the experience brings to the surface a cultural identity that is defined by its nuances.

Sisterhood Circle is a discussion group for students who identify as womxn of color that aims to provide a space to explore issues of identity and allyship within a supportive learning community.  

Speedfaithing is an opportunity to share beliefs with people from different traditions. The idea is not to convert each other, but to share the basic foundations of one’s worldview in an effort to better understand each other.

Stonewall is a confidential discussion group that seeks to create a supportive social space for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and/or pansexual to connect with a community of peers.

The WE ARE CHAPMAN Retreat is a one-day retreat that provides students with the opportunity to engage with various activities, discussions, and keynote speakers focused on the themes of identity, empathy, and community.  Students are encouraged to connect with others who identify differently from themselves in an effort to enhance interest in and knowledge of diverse cultures and experiences.

The We CU Mentorship Program, facilitated in partnership with the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience and the Promising Futures Program, is designed to empower students to explore various facets of their identities and life experiences through personalized mentoring relationships with peers, staff or faculty.  Mentoring relationships are grounded in four pillars of identity, intellectual, social, and spiritual development.

The annual Womxn’s Community Retreat celebrates the community of womxn, both at Chapman University and around the world. The retreat provides students with resources, tools, and discussions to empower their continued engagement and enhance their leadership within the Chapman community.  Students are encouraged to engage in reflection and dialogue while learning about themselves and others.